Monday, November 29, 2010

Ford Cove - Hornby Island

Acrylic on Canvas  24 x 36  SOLD

 This is another scene from Hornby Island, but not from this past summer. This scene was painted from a photograph during a summer vacation full of rain. It had been raining all week, and finally it started to slow and I decided to go down to Ford Cove and visit the Art Gallery there. As I drove into the cove, the black clouds broke and the sun burst through. The contrast in the light was almost like a photo negative. Amazing! I'm tempted to try this one again in oils.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Small Works Show at the AGGV

 Three's a Crowd - SOLD

Tempting - SOLD

These two paintings are part of the Christmas Small Works Show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It opened on Friday and if you haven't made it there yet because of the cold snowy weather, do try to make it there soon as there are many wonderful pieces by over 60 of Victoria's well known artists. To view the information on the show click here.

Thanks to everyone who sent their good wishes for the Oak Bay Art Studio Tour that took place this past weekend. We had icy cold weather with high winds at times, but the snow held until today, which came in the form of a white out! So we were very lucky during the weekend. Although we had smaller crowds than usual, those who did come were serious art viewers, who were very interested in the art, my process and inspiration and they were all a pleasure to welcome into my home. So all in all it was a success! I'm taking a few days off to relax after the weekend, and then I'll be back painting and posting again. Talk to you then!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Oak Bay Artists' Studio Tour - Show All Ready!

 Arbutus at Saltspring  Oil on Canvas
11 x 14  $150
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Spring Greens  Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12  $225  
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These are the last two painting additions I'm making to my Oak Bay Artists' Studio Tour Show. This has been a very busy week of framing and organizing, not to mention cleaning, but I'm feeling pretty good about how everything looks. My family are going to be my assistants throughout the show, so that should be a lot of fun to have them there helping me. The only stressful thing at this point is the weather. It's calling for snow! Now if you live in Victoria you will appreciate just how ridiculous this is. It rarely snows in Victoria! Anyhow, I'm sending out all my good Karma vibes so that if it does snow tonight, it will turn to sunshine before the first visitor arrives. :-) If you do live in the area, I'd love to see you! Remember to double click on the brochure in the right side bar for the tour brochure and map. Wish me luck!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dream Catcher

Original Acrylic Painting  12 x 16  Framed $300 
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Here is the finished painting. It's a very grey day here in the Pacific Northwest but I think the photo is pretty close to the original, none the less. I really enjoyed painting with a black gesso ground. It created a wonderful richness of colour and light. I have a few photos of other subject matter, taken at dawn, which I think would work well with this same technique, so I'll be experimenting further.

I had a blogging  friend (check out her blog for a great sketchbook project), inquire about the Oak Bay Artists' Studio Tour, and whether people come through my house. Yes, that's exactly what happens. Depending on where the studio is located, artists open up various portions of their homes. The first time I participated I was a bit nervous to have strangers wandering through my home, but discovered that it was a very pleasant experience. Everyone is so respectful and appreciative to be able to come and view art in the artists space, to talk about process and inspiration, and if they purchase, they are purchasing from the source which is something they really appreciate. I serve tea and cookies, sometimes they even sit down for a visit, and it's really quite fun. There's a lot of prep work though, because you want everything to look good, including the garden!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Black Gesso

Today's post shows the beginning of an experiment. I've always wanted to try black gesso and I have a photo reference that I think is just the right image to work well on a dark ground. It's a high contrast photo of a man fishing on the Canal de Midi in France. Shown is the gessoed canvas with a few guidelines drawn in and the beginnings of the block in process.

Meanwhile I've been working on the preparations for the Oak Bay Artists' Fall Studio Tour, coming up next weekend. I've been doing quite a bit of framing, and today spent about 5 hours designing the show and then hanging it. In total I have just over 50 paintings, so you can see why it took so long. I've had my first walk through, by my girlfriend Kerry, and she approved of the placement and groupings. Phew! My only concern is the lighting. I don't have spot lighting in my space, so I'm hoping for two sunny days to augment the lighting that I do have. For more info on the tour, you can double click on the tour brochure in the right column to download a map, and if you're in the area, please drop by and say hi. I'll have a little freebie for anyone visiting the tour who mentions my blog.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Country Road

Country Road  18 x 24  $475
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I blocked in the main colour pattern, concentrating on the rhythmic flow of  the branches, as well as establishing the tree trunks. These masses were then broken down into more varied tones and temperatures. My focal point is where the light hits the end of the road so I worked on establishing the light and dark contrast in that area. I used a number of greyed colour tones to make the more saturated colours pop. Because of all the layering of colours I paid close attention to the arial perspective, so that it layered back in space properly.

I drew in a few guidelines in burnt umber and started to block in the abstract colour shapes. Here everything goes in as a flat field of colour without creating shadows and form. I'm concentrating on the abstract shapes. I coloured the canvas with a sepia tone which I left to show through in small patches throughout the painting, creating colour harmony.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Artist Phyllis Serota at the AGGV

Artist Phyllis Serota at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

I've had a very artsy weekend. After the Friday night "Little Gems Show", Saterday arrived and I attended a "Talk in the Gallery" with Victoria Artist Phyllis Serota, whose show "Still Still Life" is showing at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Phyllis is a very warm, engaging speaker who allowed everyone to relax, laugh a lot, and enjoy hearing of her inspiration for her paintings on exhibit. One attendee commented on how she appreciated Phyllis making the explanations of her art so accessible and unintimidating. Phyllis sighted this as an important aspect in marketing your art., and said that she has worked at breaking down the barriers and creating comfort for the public to enter galleries to view and appreciate art. I thought this was a really valid point for all of us to consider when showing our work. 

Phyllis has been painting for 50 years, so she has seen many changes with the evolution of materials and methods. She has moved from oils to acrylics, utilizing lots of textural effects. She sees digital photography as a revolution in art. She says that the cost savings and creativity that digital photography provides artists is enormous. 

Phyllis' work is varied, sometimes painted purely from her imagination, sometimes from her own personal history depicting family events, or from life , as in the case of her still life paintings. To view her work click here
I'm also very fortunate to have Phyllis as a neighbour. She has a wonderful studio which she she  kindly gave me a tour of, and is very warm and encouraging with artists like myself who are newer to the art business. 

Apart from all of the art events I attended this weekend, I also managed to get in a fair amount of painting. I'm preparing for the Oak Bay Artists Studio Tour coming up on November 20 and 21, and have been painting some larger pieces. I'll post those later in the week. Talk to you then!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Little Gems Fundraiser Art Show

 Here I am just before the opening of "Little Gems Fundraiser Show" at the Community Arts Council in Victoria. The arts have suffered such debilitating funding cuts, that the arts of Victoria have donated works for a show to raise money to keep the Council alive. I'm standing beside my Mexican themed painting 'Salsa!'

 I took this shot just as the first few artists and patons started to arrive. It was a truly wonderful evening and many red dots began to appear.

Victoria's Art Critic Robert Amos performed a very spirited reading from James Joyce's Ulysses, which brought much laughter to the room. A much acclaimed artist himself,  Robert also donated a work to the show.

Victoria's Art Icon Pat Martin Bates regaled us with a story from her youth, a reading from her autobiography
"It Is I Patricia". Pat is an internationally acclaimed artist, who is literally part of the art history of  British Columbia. She is a huge advocate for the arts and is tireless in her efforts. It is such an honour to have a piece of my work hanging in a show with work by Pat Martin Bates. The show continues through November 17, at the CAC, in Sussex Court at Fort and Douglas. So if you are in the area, drop by and take advantage of purchasing a piece of original artwork by a local artist for yourself or perhaps a gift for someone, and at the same time supporting the arts in Victoria.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Pear - ently Red

Original Oil Painting on stretched Linen  6 x 6 - SOLD
Currently Showing at the Christmas Small Works Show
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 I'm really into painting these rich red Anjou pears.  I love the gorgeous sculptural form of pears and the colour of these Red Anjous is just so inspiring. I think it was faster to paint than it was to name. My two kids were in hysterics coming up with all kinds of crazy names, and finally I had to just stop the madness and I went with my daughters first serious suggestion. It was a fun family moment!